City Tour: Athens

8th July 2016

There’s nothing more exciting than getting totally lost in a city, wandering the streets and discovering new places. It’s the best way to get a real feel of your surroundings. However sometimes it is nice to have someone who knows the city so well to guide you. Someone who can show you the hidden treasures…

During our stay in Athens Julia and I were very fortunate to have Urban Adventures treat us to a Bohemian Tales of the City tour. This isn’t your average touristy tour, but one that is tailored from the true locals.

We met Alexandra and Rebecca at the Syntagma Square in front of the old Royal Palace which is now the Parliament building and then headed our way into town. Lots of pretty boutiques that tickled our fancy especially Vassilis Zoulias which is a haven of bright colours.

Wandering around town we made way to the more historic part down Panepistimiou Street; Here you will find the Numismatic Museum of Athens, the National Library of Greece and Athenian Neoclassical Trilogy. After we headed downtown and stopped by Mokka Speciality Coffee for the most authentic greek coffee you can try. Caffeine addicts, you will love this!  Also the food market in downtown is so much fun with meat, fish, spices, nuts and so much more, it really is an indulgent of the senses.

We then ended up into the Monastiraki flea market which is pretty impressive – a kind of Portobello Rd with a mediterranean vibe. The highlight of the tour was however lunch -obviously! In one of the coolest roof top locations, Couleur Locale totally met our expectations. Food was divine, atmosphere was electric and the view was impressive. If it wasn’t for Urban Adventures, we would have never stumbled across this gem of a place.

Parliament Building Parliament Building Vassilis Zoulias boutique Vassilis Zoulias boutique Numismatic Museum of Athens Numismatic Museum of Athens National Library of Greece National Library of Greece

Mokka Speciality Coffee Mokka Speciality Coffee

Couleur Locale Couleur Locale

Places to Visit

1)  The Athenian Trilogy – the three elegant buildings on Panepistimiou Street

2) The changing of the guards at Syntagma Square

3) Vassilis Zoulias boutique

4) Voukourestiou shopping street area

5) Stadiou street

6) Couleur Locale for coffee and nibbling

7) Monastiraki square and market

8) Plaka neighbourhood

9) Vrettos bar

A big thank you to Urban Adventures for making this tour a memorable one. Also a big thank you for making this trip possible to Discover Greece, New Hotel for the great accommodation and Aegean Airlines – who have regular daily flights from London to Athens. Also Make sure to check out Julia’s lovely blog Stylonylon.

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    […] Greece holds a very special place in my heart as there are lots of similaritis to Italy and I always feel at home here. When Discover Greece invited me on a trip to Samos, Greece I simply couldn’t refuse, espcecially when it involved travelling with the gorgeous Julia from Stylonylon, my travel buddy from last year where we ventured to Athens – you can read more about it here. […]

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